Following the success of the STB agreement, CTA and NCTA signed the Voluntary Agreement for the Continuous Improvement of Energy Efficiency of Small Grids (SNE) in 2015. The aim is to improve the energy efficiency of devices used to access broadband internet access services for households, while encouraging rapid innovation and the introduction of new functionalities in a timely manner for consumers. Participants included all of the country`s major Internet service providers (Altice, AT&T, CenturyLink, Charter, Comcast, Cox, Frontier and Verizon) as well as major manufacturers (Actiontec, ARRIS, Netgear, Technicolor and Ubee). CableLabs® also played a leading role in researching and developing energy efficiency strategies and in supporting the ongoing implementation of voluntary agreements. These voluntary agreements were developed in consultation with federal and regional governments, utility companies and supporting organizations. A new CTA report finds that while the number of technical equipment in our homes is increasing, their share in our total energy consumption continues to decline. Today, consumer technology devices in U.S. households consume 25 percent less energy than they did in 2010. Doug Johnson, CTA`s Vice President of Technology Policy, said: « CTA believes that voluntary, market-oriented initiatives are the most effective way to promote and achieve significant energy efficiency gains. » « DoE supports the industry`s commitment to improving energy efficiency and looks forward to the renewal of this voluntary agreement with our private sector partners. Reducing federal regulatory burdens is a priority for me and for this government, and voluntary industry standards like this are an effective alternative to state regulation. « Complex set-top boxes are covered by a voluntary agreement. A voluntary agreement is proposed by industrial sectors and functions as an alternative to EU ecodesign rules. This self-regulation allows industries to achieve ecodesign targets faster or at a lower cost than mandatory requirements.

The signatories of the agreement monitor its implementation. The voluntary agreement on the continuous improvement of the energy efficiency of set-top boxes (STB) was adopted in order to promote the improvement of the energy efficiency of PCBs while fostering innovation and competition. Signatories include all major providers of cabling, satellite and telecommunications services, which account for more than 90% of the US pay-TV market, as well as major manufacturers and proponents of energy efficiency. The Energy Ministry welcomed both the initial agreement reached with supporters in 2013 and the extension of the agreement in 2018. The agreement and further information are available at www.energy-efficiency.us. We intend to publish the text of the agreement and relevant documents, including a list of signatories, compliance reports, invitations to steering committee meetings and minutes of steering committee meetings. The original STB VA was created in 2013 and the commitments continued until 2017. This new voluntary agreement expires in 2021, with the independent director`s annual report, due to be published in 2022. In recent years, CTA and NCTA have been working closely with Internet service providers and manufacturers to improve the energy efficiency of pay- and broadband TVs and save money for consumers.

For example, the pioneering voluntary agreement on the continuous improvement of the energy efficiency of set-top boxes (STBs), adopted in 2012, has further improved the energy efficiency of PCBs year after year, while promoting innovation and competition. With signatories representing more than 90% of the U.S. pay-TV market and major manufacturers, the agreement has helped shift the consumer technology industry`s approach to energy efficiency by encouraging innovation and sustainable improvements that benefit the entire industry. . . .